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Herbie Hancock

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Herbie Hancock (2008)

Interview by Andrew Purcell, Rock's Backpages audio, November 2008

The piano great on the great '63 Miles Davis Quintet, band democracy, Buddhism, commercialism and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 52.1mb, interview length: 56' 55" sound quality: *****

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Miles Davis: Davis Has His Best Jazz Unit

Profile by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 18 April 1967

THE MILES Davis Quintet which enters its last week at the Both/And tonight is an exhilarating and important jazz ensemble. ...

Herbie Hancock: the Both/And, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 1 May 1969

Hancock Probing New Areas ...

Newport Jazz Festival 1969: New Records & Not All That Jazz

Live Review by Ian Dove, Billboard, 19 July 1969

NEWPORT, R.I. — On paper at least the experiment of adding rock music to the Newport Jazz Festival 1969 came from the purest of motives. ...

Follow Pianist Herbie Hancock On a Trip into the World of Jazz

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 19 December 1970

Meet Miles Davis, Ramsey Lewis And Oscar Peterson To Learn About the Kinds of Music That Are Sneaking into Rock ...

Herbie Hancock: Both/And Club, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 19 February 1972

Hancock Carves Out New Sounds ...

Herbie Hancock, Return to Forever: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by John Swenson, The Village Voice, 25 April 1974

Casting pearls before whines ...

Rollin' & Tumblin': Head Hunting with Herbie Hancock

Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Crawdaddy!, June 1974

After years of high-quality struggle, one black jazzman has finally hit it big. Were the compromises worth it? ...

Herbie Hancock, Minnie Riperton: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 12 October 1974

Coarse Hancock ...

Herbie Hancock Sells In

Profile by Colman Andrews, Phonograph Record, November 1974

ALL OF A sudden you wake up one morning and find that Herbie Hancock has three albums on the charts. Herbie Hancock, one-time enfant terrible ...

Herbie Hancock: "I've already broken down a lot of barriers. Now I'm stamping them into the ground..."

Profile and Interview by Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1975

Herbie Hancock — voted top jazz artist of 1974 by Black Music readers — talks to Tony Cummings ...

Lou Reed: Ladies and gentlemen... the interview of the year (already)!

Interview by Lester Bangs, New Musical Express, 8 March 1975

"Lou Reed is a completely depraved pervert and pathetic death dwarf — a wasted talent living off the dumbell nihilism of a '70s generation that ...

Herbie Hancock, Headhunters, Passport: Zellerbach Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 29 April 1975

Herbie Hancock's marathon ...

Herbie Hancock: 'Ancock An' The 'Ead 'Unters

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 24 August 1976

That's a fearful band name for someone as peaceful as Herbie Hancock to front. But, it's a name that clicks with the Soul-loving public when ...

The New Tony Williams Lifetime: Million Dollar Legs (Columbia PC 34263); Herbie Hancock: Secrets (Columbia PC 34280)

Review by Bruce Malamut, Crawdaddy!, November 1976


Blow for Love and Money: Crossover Jazz in the Seventies

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, March 1977

In the first part of a detailed investigation Davitt Sigerson chronicles how "jazz" found its way back to the commercial big league. ...

Herbie Hancock: V.S.O.P.

Review by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, 28 May 1977

WHEN THIS was recorded in June 1976 as part of the Newport jazz festival, it came from an evening grandly titled a 'retrospective of the ...

Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P.: Greek Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Colman Andrews, Phonograph Record, August 1977

"V.S.O.P." — Herbie Hancock's Reunion ...

Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by John Swenson, Rolling Stone, 23 March 1978

Corea and Hancock go full circle ...

Herbie Goes Lite-weight

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 19 June 1982

NOW LOOK — I am not a purist. it doesn’t bother me that Herbie Hancock effectively quit the most testing areas of jazz for fusion, ...

Herbie Hancock: Herbie Rides Again!

Interview by Paolo Hewitt, New Musical Express, 6 August 1983

So how come a 43-year-old muso who's worked with Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis has only just cut his first scratching record? Doesn't he know ...

Herbie Hancock: itches and Herbie

Interview by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, 6 August 1983

(yeah, it's all that scratchin'!) ...

Herbie Hancock: Future Shock (CBS 25540)

Review by Paul Sexton, Record Mirror, 20 August 1983

AS IT is written on the single, so it shall be on the album... and Herb shows enough courage of his convictions to 'Rockit' right ...

Herbie Hancock: Comeback Scratch

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, December 1983

"I DIDN'T JUMP on anybody's bandwagon with this record," insists Herbie Hancock, who has climbed aboard more than a few in a career which has ...

Herbie Hancock: Beverly Theater, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 2 January 1984

HERBIE HANCOCK still refuses to put all of his eggs in one basket. The veteran keyboard player blithely continues to release both funk-oriented material geared ...

Herbie Hancock: The Venue, London

Live Review by Vivien Goldman, New Musical Express, 21 January 1984


Electro Therapy

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 14 April 1984

CHRIS ROBERTS raps to Morgan Khan about the Streetwave sensation. ...

The Synthesizer: Instrument, Not The Player, Changes Music

Report and Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Billboard, 16 June 1984

HERBIE HANCOCK, Kashif, and Ray Parker Jr. praise the impact of the synthesizer on black music, feeling its unlimited sound potential and ability to provide ...

Herbie Hancock: Sound-System (Columbia)

Review by J.D. Considine, Musician, November 1984

DON'T MAKE the mistake of turning up your nose at this because it's "another goddamn rock record." Don't even fall for the line that Sound-System ...

Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, James Brown: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Lloyd Bradley, MOJO, September 1998

DIGNITY OR DESPAIR: How are these funk giants confronting the present day? ...

Herbie Hancock: The Complete Blue Note '60s Sessions

Review by Richard Cook, MOJO, January 1999

THESE DAYS he's an avatar of jazz-funk, but Hancock's salad days offered a lot more than apprentice-work. Only 24 when he composed and recorded the ...

Herbie Hancock: Herbie Rides Again

Interview by Andrew Purcell, The Guardian, 7 November 2008

He has enjoyed electro, pop and funk incarnations but, as Herbie Hancock tells Andrew Purcell, it's all about playing one right note ...

The Futureshock of Herbie Hancock

Retrospective by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 8 November 2013

As Sony Music prepares a 34-disc box set for next week, Michael A. Gonzales takes a look back at the pianist's storied career. ...

Vintage Vision: The Futureshock of Herbie Hancock

Retrospective and Interview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 8 November 2013

BLACK MUSIC, especially jazz, has never been afraid of change. Since strutting out of the Storyville whorehouses where piano players and horn blowers created the ...

Courtney Pine

Profile and Interview by David Burke, All About Jazz, 16 October 2017

COURTNEY PINE didn't pick up his beloved tenor saxophone for more than a decade, until an album exploring the black British experience demanded it. The ...

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